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Festivals in Albuquerque, Las Cruces & Red River

New Mexico is known for its famed festivals and world-known flavors. Thanks to its Native American and Hispanic influences, New Mexico is a hotbed for cultural centers, anticipated celebrations and amazing food.

International Balloon Fiesta

While you're in the Albuquerque area, attend the International Balloon Fiesta in October – where you’ll see nearly 800 hot air balloons overhead at the largest balloon festival in the world. Want to get off the ground yourself?

Whole Enchilada Fiesta

Try the best of local cuisine in New Mexico. The Whole Enchilada Fiesta in Las Cruces, has been a celebration of the food, people and traditions of New Mexico, for over 30 years. Local chef and festival founder, Robert V. Estrada, combines his special southwest ingredients to cook the crowd-favorite enchiladas. Be sure to bring your camera to see his world-famous "World's Largest Enchilada" and enjoy the free sample.

The festival is held annually in late September. Take your time over the festival's 3 days, to enjoy the food, the art, the carnival, the entertainment, the parade and truck & car show. The festival has been named as one of the top 100 events in the country and is one of the largest festivals in New Mexico. This southern New Mexico fun-filled event, is surely one not-to-miss.

Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally

A three-day event, Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally is a yearly event held in July to bring together motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life. In the tradition of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally carries on the legacy using motorcycles, or iron horses, rather than the actual horses used one hundred years ago. Located in eastern New Mexico in the city of Las Vegas, the rally has recently added a car show to its line up of events.

Rough Rider Motorcycle rally has brought in over 10,000 bikers in years passed and looks to top that each year into the future. Events include a blood drive, poker run, live music and many more. The goal of the rally is to bring people together, but to also give back to the community of Las Vegas. One way that the rally accomplishes this is by participating in the blood drive. If you are passing through Las Vegas in late July, the Rough Rider Rally is sure to have something for all types of enthusiasts.

Fairs and Foods of Southern New Mexico

Party down in Las Cruces – home to New Mexico State University, and a number of southwestern festivals ready to feed and entertain. Check out that Organ Mountains skyline, or visit fascinating cultural centers like the Historical Museum of Lawmen and the White Sands Missile Range Museum. Just be sure to save room for some unforgettable flavors of New Mexico.

Head to Las Cruces in late September for the Whole Enchilada Fiesta – a gathering of food, music, entertainment and over 50,000 attendees. When we say entertainment, we mean the annual enchilada-off, where Las Cruces residents try to break their own record for creating the world’s largest enchilada. Don’t miss out on a piece of this action, and a piece of enchilada as well.

Early October brings the Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo – the ideal opportunity for southwestern rodeos, food and music. Check out one of the largest Junior Livestock Shows, or fill up on some authentic Native American and Hispanic foods served fresh at the fair. All of this is minutes from the action at Dona Ana County Fairgrounds.